Theodore's World: In Texas an 'Act of faith' costs track team a win, trip to state championships

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May 03, 2013

In Texas an 'Act of faith' costs track team a win, trip to state championships

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A Texas high school relay team was disqualified at a state-meet qualifier when the anchor pointed to the sky in an apparent gesture of faith.

As KHOU reports, Derrick Hayes anchored the Columbus High School’s 4 x 100-meter relay team at a meet that determined who would compete at the state championships. As Hayes crossed the finish line in first, he “put his hand by his ear and just pointed to the heavens,” Hayes’ father said.

COLUMBUS, Texas -- An act of faith has cost an area track team a win and a chance to advance to the state championships.

This past weekend, the Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals had just won a boys relay race when a runner’s final gesture got them disqualified.

As he was crossing the finish line, Derrick Hayes pointed up to the sky. His father believes he was giving thanks in a gesture to God.

“It was a reaction,” father KC Hayes said. “I mean you’re brought up your whole life that God gives you good things, you’re blessed.”

Columbus ISD Superintendent Robert O’Connor said the team had won the race by seven yards. It was their fastest race of the year.

Though O’Connor cannot say why the student pointed, he says it was against the rules that govern high school sports. The rules state there can be no excessive act of celebration, which includes raising the hands.

“I don’t think that the situation was technically a terrible scenario as far as his action, but the action did violate the context of the rule,” Supt. O’Connor said.

But critics, including the runner’s father, see it as a violation of religious freedom. Some of them have even complained to the state, which does not appear to be budging.

“You cross a finish line and you’ve accomplished a goal and within seconds it’s gone,” KC Hayes said. “To see four kids, you know, what does that tell them about the rest of their lives? You’re going to do what’s right, work extra hard, and have it ripped away from you?”

It has proven to be a difficult lesson for a team which showed how well it can win. It must now show how well it can handle loss.

Wild Thing's comment................

What happened to my country?

Posted by Wild Thing at May 3, 2013 12:44 AM


Chrissie, it's no longer our country. What used to be our country is on a freight train to Hell with the majority of passengers shoveling the coal to get it there.

Posted by: BobF at May 3, 2013 07:20 AM

In Texas our education system has been invaded by the ultraliberal NEA. We have our own state TEA which appears to be a carbon copy. Lots of folks, especially in the rural and suburban areas, are still conservative so there are frequent clashes between parents and school administrators/teachers as parents discover what/how their kids are being taught.

In Columbus parents and public will probably get this policy reversed. In some Texas schools students have gathered for public prayers at pep rallies, games and commencements in violation of administration rules. The libs can't do squat about it.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at May 3, 2013 09:50 AM